Edward James Olmos has won viewers hearts and minds in his numerous television and movie roles. Having been featured on such hit titles as Miami Vice, Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica and most recently Agents of SHIELD, EJO has done and seen it all.
EJO has been in the industry since the 1980s; getting his acting break portraying the narrator, called “El Pachuco,” in the play Zoot Suit.
In 1981 he made Wolfen with Albert Finney, and in 1982 he accepted the role of Gaff in Blade Runner with Harrison Ford. In 1984, after difficult negotiations in which he gained the right of creative control over his character of Lieutenant Martin Castillo, Eddie joined the cast of the very popular “Miami Vice.”
His popularity and fame grew tremendously with “Miami Vice.” However, Eddie was able to maintain a balanced approach. “You have to be able to say “no” to fame and fortune before you receive it to be able to say “no” again when you get older,” Olmos observes. “If not, you won’t have the strength and courage to do it. The intent must be pure.” This again became evident with his TV series, “American Family” and more recently with his hit series “Battlestar Galactica.”
“Battlestar Galactica” enjoyed four seasons of rave reviews and became one of the most honored science fiction shows of all time winning the Peabody Award and several Emmys. EJO played the lead character of Admiral Adama, the heart and soul of the show and of the series. He directed several episodes of “Battlestar Galactica” and a BSG movie titled The Plan.
Eddie was also seen in the role of Michael Axford on the new movie The Green Hornet. His character is an ex-cop turned rough and tough journalist who reports on the Green Hornet and seeks to reveal his identity.
Most recently, EJO was featured in Agents of SHIELD as Robert Gonzales, the leader of “the real SHIELD”.